Louis L. Dubrel of Cranford man has been charged in a state grand jury indictment with allegedly collecting $22,569 in temporary disability insurance benefits to which he was not entitled.
The indictment also alleges that Dubrel, 43, obtained the money from New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Co. by creating the false impression that he was unable to complete common household chores and daily physical activities, when, in fact, he participated as driver in several harness horse racing qualifying starts and as a horse trainer during the period.
Dubrel is charged with insurance fraud, theft by deception and perjury, all in the third degree, state Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said Tuesday.
The grand jury indictment alleges that between Jan. 12 and Sept. 7, 2007, Dubrel, who sustained a work-related injury while employed as an auto mechanic for Maple Crest Auto Group in Union, omitted and failed to provide significant information to New Jersey Manufacturers in order to obtain the temporary disability insurance benefits.
The indictment also alleges that while appearing at an official proceeding, namely in the matter of Louis Dubrel v. Maple Crest Auto Group, and while under oath, Dubrel made the false statement that, “I can’t ride [horses],” a statement that he knew was not true.
Deputy Attorney General Carlos A. Lopez and Det. Scott Stevens were assigned to investigate the case. Lopez presented the case to the grand jury.
Third-degree crimes carry a maximum sentence of five years in state prison and a criminal fine of $15,000.
—TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM